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Gurus of Natural Glamour Share Secrets to Elegant Green Holidays


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 26, 2008

Green lifestyle gurus and co-founders of Eden Home, Rachael Sparwasser and Alexandra Smith, reveal five simple tips for a more elegant, eco-friendly holiday season. Eden Home, an online emporium, is a destination resource for organic, natural, and eco-friendly home furnishings and lifestyle products.

According to these two green lifestyle gurus, it is possible to have a holiday season filled with “the gleeful moments and good old-fashioned traditions that families thrive on,” said Sparwasser, “while still being mindful of the earth in the process.”

1) Carefully select a shipping sleigh

While the carbon hoof print of Santa and his reindeer can’t be beat, a hybrid shipping truck isn’t too shabby a second. Hybrid shipping trucks, such as those used by FedEx, improve fuel economy by 42 percent, reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 30 percent, and cut particulate pollution by 96 percent. Shoppers can also inquire about a postal service’s shipping policy to make more informed decisions.

2) Shop stores that offer green shipping policies

Many shoppers unknowingly increase the risk of global warming because they don’t know which shops practice green shipping and which don’t, Smith says. That can change this year, courtesy of the green group Climate Counts. Climate Counts has put together a shopping guide of companies committed to reducing global warming. “With popular stores like Canon, Nike, and Unilever, all practicing green shipping,” said Sparwasser, “you don’t have to compromise on style and you can still buy socially-conscious holiday gifts. It’s a win-win situation.”

For cell savvy shoppers, the pocket-sized “Holiday Shipping Guide” can be downloaded from ClimateCounts.org. This tool lets shoppers get a quick view of a store’s shipping policies before purchasing anything.

3) A TreeHugger’s guide to more eco-friendly evergreens

When it comes to Christmas trees, there are several options for those looking to “green” their holiday evergreen. “We wouldn’t ever advocate getting rid of something as special as a Christmas tree,” said Smith, “but there are eco-friendly twists to make this tradition less harmful. Decorate a tree in your yard, decorate a potted fig tree, or buy a Christmas tree and then plant it in your yard when the season ends (make sure to buy one with roots intact). These are all great ways to experience the joy of Christmas decorating with your family while reducing waste and environmental impact.” She adds that choosing biodegradable substances like popcorn and cranberry strings are another way to engage in eco-friendly festooning.

4) Don’t just recycleprecycle!

Precycling is an approach that minimizes the impact of a purchased gift before buying it. One main method of precyling is to wrap gifts in reusable materials, minimizing packing and wrapping debris. By using old newspapers or popped popcorn as packing materials, gift-givers can avoid environmentally-unfriendly Styrofoam packing peanuts. In the same vein, Smith adds, “Rather than wrapping gifts with traditional wrapping paper and bows, opt for more eco-friendly, creative options like old maps, scarves, sheet music, and neckties for ribbons. The effect will make a statement, be unique, and eco-friendlythey may not even want to unwrap it!”

5) Fill Santa’s workshop with wooden toys, not plastic toys

“Wooden toys are the wave of the future,” said Sparwasser. “They allow for all the playful whimsy a child needs to feel joy, without any of the harmful environmental impacts of plastic toys.” According to MarketWatch if every child under the age of 6 received a quality wooden toy in place of a plastic one, 17 million tons of plastic land-fill would be avoided for every year the toy was used. For shoppers looking to pamper their kids and protect the planet this year, eco-friendly wooden toys are an increasingly viable option.

Sparwasser and Smith are quick to add that the most important and eco-friendly way to celebrate the holidays is to remember that it’s the spirit of the season that counts. By taking time to gift, wrap and ship thoughtfully, merry-makers will show care for both loved ones and the planet.

To learn more, please visit http://www.EdenHome.com.

About Eden Home

Eden Home, the leader in natural luxury, offers the most comprehensive selection of organic products for the home, women and children. Eden Home’s healthy choices range from organic clothes for baby to luxurious organic bed and bath linens; and from natural cookware to organic skincare. If it’s organic and stylish, you’ll find it at Eden Home. Our customers can rest assured that we monitor the quality of our products to ensure that they are of the highest purity. Eden Homenaturally stylish.

Eden Home Media Contact:

Gayle Duncan

Executive Options MarCom

425.802.7034

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Pennsylvania EPA Awards Abington Memorial Hospital Funding for Green Projects


Abington, PA (Vocus) February 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection-Office of Energy and Technology Development has awarded two grants to Abington Memorial Hospital in support of its efforts to “Think Green.

Three million dollars was awarded to Abington Memorial Hospital for a new cogeneration system to replace the hospitals 45-year-old heating system. This new system will save over $ 2 million a year in energy costs, and significantly reduce air contaminants and water usage. It will generate 38 million kilowatt hours on-site, roughly 64 percent of the hospitals electricity needs, while producing steam as a byproduct.

A $ 250,000 grant was awarded for the replacement of inefficient lighting technology with proven efficient long-lasting fluorescent tube technology in four parking garages at the hospitals main campus. Calculated savings include a reduction in electricity usage of 53 percent with accompanying emissions at the same rate.

“As a non-profit, we do as much environmentally conscious work as we can with very little budgeted dollars, says Meg McGoldrick, chief operating officer and member of the hospitals “Green Team. “These grants are a real shot in the arm for our green efforts. McGoldrick said State Representative Josh Shapiro was a strong advocate for the hospitals grant applications.

Shapiro says he is proud to have been able to help secure these grants to create 79 green jobs and reduce energy consumption and emissions in his district. “These grants will help boost our local economy and reduce the amount of air contaminants in our air and water sources, and decrease the hospitals demand for electricity, says Shapiro. “I commend Abington Memorial Hospital for their commitment to clean up our environment and energy efficiency.

In October 2006, the Pennsylvania EPA recognized Abington Memorial Hospital by presenting it with the Trailblazer Award for the hospitals environmental leadership in taking positive steps to reduce waste, improve indoor air quality and invest in reusable rather than disposable products.

For more information about Abington Memorial Hospitals green initiatives, please visit http://www.amh.org/ThinkGreen.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and maternal/child health.

Contact:

Linda Millevoi

215-481-8966

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Preschools: Apply Now for the Green Your School Grant from Episencial


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 4, 2010

Episencial, the first skincare company to create authentically green and all natural products for healthy babies, kids and planet proudly announces a call for applications from preschools around the country for its Green Your School Grant program. Intended to further the companys mission of making green choices both accessible and affordable, Episencial and the Green Your School Grant co-sponsors will provide 12 preschools with the opportunity to receive over $ 2,250 in cash and products to fund student-related projects that teach green concepts benefitting the school environment.

One school per month will be granted all three components of the Episencial Green Your School Grant:

1. $ 250 cash towards a green project that benefits the health of students

2. $ 500 of seasonal Cubby Kits with Episencial Skincare products

3. $ 500 of eco-friendly products from each Green Your School Grant co-sponsor: CleanWell, Eco-Kids and Revolution Foods.

We believe that small hands can do great big things in service to the planet, said Kim Walls, MS and CEO of Episencial. Preschool is where children begin to learn how to take care of themselves; making it the perfect environment to learn how to make empowered choices and care for the planet.

Applications for Episencials Green Your School Grant program will be accepted from May 4, 2010 to April 31, 2011. The application form and guidelines for submission are available at http://www.episencial.com.

Episencial is the first company to deliver clinically effective, newborn-safe products designed to support the essential immune functions of the skin. Made exclusively from all-natural ingredients and loaded with organics, Episencial is leading the chemical-free charge in personal care products for kids with pricing designed to support todays actively healthy families with green values.

What You May Not Know about Your Childs Immune System by Kim Walls, MS

Training Program to Stimulate Wyoming Green Job Market


Casper, WY (PRWEB) September 09, 2011

In partnership with national Green Jobs training provider CleanEdison, Casper College is offering a new training program for Wyoming contractors and novices looking to enter the Green economy. Program administrators at Casper College are thrilled to announce this tremendous opportunity for Wyoming residents to be introduced to new skills and training in these promising new sectors. Being able to get someone training they need to be more successful as an employee or business owner is really what makes this all worthwhile. said Sarah Olson, Workforce Training Specialist at Casper College.

Following the successful Geothermal training conducted last March, Casper College is now offering Deconstruction & Materials Re-Use training in combination with Lead Renovator (Lead RRP) training. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Firms that fail to comply with EPAs new Lead RRP training rule may face civil fines up to $ 32,500 per offense and an additional criminal fine of $ 32,500 plus imprisonment for knowing and willful violations.

This new training is available to all Wyoming citizens regardless of income, residency, or employment stat State Energy Sector Partnership grant awarded to Casper College from the Department of Labor as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Whereas these in-demand certifications normally cost anywhere from $ 800 to $ 3,500, this grant allows contractors to receive the same national certifications for $ 75 for the Lead RRP or $ 100 for the Deconstruction course, which also includes OSHA certification.

Green Welling Requests that ChoicePoint and Wells Fargo Remedy Their Security Breaches

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2005

Following the disclosure on February 15, 2005 that Alpharetta, Georgia-based data warehouser ChoicePoint, Inc. (NYSE: CPS), compromised the private customer data of 145,000 individuals, ChoicePoint’s stock price declined by nearly 20 percent. ChoicePoint learned about the privacy breach in October 2004. But in between October 2004 and February 2005, ChoicePoint’s two top executives — CEO Derek Smith and President Douglas Curling — made a combined $ 16.6 million in profit from selling company shares. The company claims that the stock trading was prearranged under a plan approved by the company’s board, but the pattern and timing of the trading raises serious questions.

ChoicePoint also faces claims by consumers who are victims of the security breach. Green Welling is pursuing claims on behalf of a consumer whose Wells Fargo Bank accounts were illegally accessed. As required by California state law, ChoicePoint has sent letters to 34,000 people in California warning them that their personal information may have been inadvertently provided to a ring of criminals posing as legitimate companies. The Firm is requesting that Wells Fargo and ChoicePoint institute practices that will protect the security of the individuals whose data has not yet been breached. The firm is also requesting that Wells Fargo and ChoicePoint provide remedies for those individuals who suffered identify theft. In particular, the firm is requesting that these companies provide information and assistance to help individuals victimized by identity theft to protect or repair their credit. If these companies are able to make money by acquiring, using and selling customers’ data, then these companies should be responsible for protecting those consumers damaged by security breaches.

If you are an investor in ChoicePoint securities or a consumer that received notice from ChoicePoint that your information has been compromised, please contact Green Welling at gw@classcounsel.com.

About Green Welling. Green Welling, a national class action law firm based in San Francisco, California, represents plaintiffs in personal finance cases, involving companies like ChoicePoint and Wells Fargo, as well as plaintiffs in product liability actions, securities lawsuits, derivative cases and antitrust actions. If you wish to discuss this action with us or have any questions concerning a potential class action, please contact Robert Green by email at gw@classcounsel.com or visit our website at http://www.classcounsel.com.

Contact Person:

Robert Green

Green Welling LLP

Tel. (415) 477-6700

http://www.classcounsel.com

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Consolidated Pump & Supply Announces David Green as Branch Manager for the New Pasco, WA Location

Pasco, WA (PRWEB) April 25, 2005

Consolidated Pump & Supply, a leading distributor of water well pumps and supplies, has announced David Green as the Branch Manager for their new Pasco location.

David and his wife grew up in Pendleton, OR and are very familiar with the Eastern Oregon and Washington areas.

Green brings extensive knowledge of the water well industry. His experience includes 4 years at Pendleton Grain Growers and 10 years at Precision Pump as a pump technician.

“I’ve always looked for the right opportunity to work for CPS,” said Green. “I’ve always enjoyed working with them in the past and everyone has been great with advice and lending a hand.”

And what does CPS opening a branch in Pasco mean to him?

“Growth for the region. Pasco is usually serviced from remote locations, but when it comes to water, people need service now. Contractors are already starting to notice that they can just drop by and get what they need.”

The new Pasco location is located at 2305 North Capitol Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301 and can be reached by phone at (509) 543-7241 or by fax at (509) 542-9038.

For additional information contact Consolidated Pump & Supply at 1-800-292-5433.

Consolidated Pump & Supply specializes in the sale and distribution of water well drilling equipment, water well pumps and water well supplies to licensed contractors and OEMs for agricultural irrigation and domestic water systems use.

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Patient Safety Coalition Calls Proposed Immunity For Substandard Care “A Green Light To Commit Malpractice”


Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 14, 2011

Laurie Sanders, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition for Patient Safety (NC-CPS), today described Senate Bill 33 as a direct assault on patient safety.

In 2006, Mrs. Sanders 6-year old son Christopher died because of medical malpractice in an emergency department in a Charlotte hospital. If Senate Bill 33 — sponsored by Senators Tom Apodaca, Harry Brown and Bob Rucho passes it will give immunity to ER doctors and hospitals when they commit malpractice.

Mrs. Sanders explained the consequences: When we bring our child to the emergency room, we have a right to expect that those who provide treatment comply with the standards of their profession. This bill destroys that right. Doctors and nurses in the ER will no longer have a legal duty to comply with their own professional standards. The bill gives every doctor and nurse a green light to commit malpractice in the ER.

Dr. John Faulkner, a family physician from Raleigh, chairs the board of NC-CPS. In 2002, his wife Joan was severely burned in an operating room fire. Dr. Faulkner said: Every year, thousands of patients are severely injured or killed in North Carolina hospitals because of preventable medical mistakes. This bill will not encourage physicians to practice safer medicine, or reduce the number of medical errors. It will have precisely the opposite effect.

Susan Pierce, R.N., Ph.D., who taught for decades at the UNC School of Nursing, is also a member of the NC-CPS board of directors. Dr. Pierce stated: I cannot understand why legislators would seek to nullify the duty of doctors and nurses to meet professionally established standards of care. That undermines medical and nursing ethics, and puts patients in danger.

Mrs. Sanders intends to speak against SB 33 at a meeting of the Senate J-1 Committee, chaired by Sen. Pete Brunstetter, on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact laurieksanders(at)gmail(dot)com.

NC-CPS, http://www.ncpatientsafety.org, is dedicated to improving patient safety. Members of the board of directors include three physicians, two nurses, and two mothers of children severely injured by medical mistakes.

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